Saturday, June 17, 2017

Day 43

This morning we ran some errands after wandering around the historic Cedar City. Late this afternoon, we ventured up to Cedar Breaks National Monument. It was only about 25 miles from Cedar City but the road climbed about 4,500'. This road was one of the possible routes to Bryce Canyon. I think that I will take one of the other routes tomorrow.


We headed up to not only see the amphitheater but also an astronomy program which starts after sundown. There was some hesitation to go there at all on my part as we were able to see the smoke from the Brian Head fire that just started today. In the pano, you can see how close the fire is to Cedar Breaks. Needless to say, they cancelled the star gazing event due to reduced visibility from the smoke. Both of these pictures were taken from the scenic overlook next to the visitor's center. One looking north (above) and the other looking southwest (on the right). The second photo was HDR which is why the reds seem to be oversaturated. BTW, that really is snow in the shadows just left of center in the picture.

After leaving Cedar Breaks, we took a short hike to a view point looking south towards Zion National Park and a couple of examples of bristlecone pines. I had seen the really old ones in the White Mountains between California and Nevada. But these are more accessible but about 1/3 the age. Pretty impressive.

This is the 1,600 year old tree at the end of the trail. Small compared to something like a Sequoia redwood. For scale, you can see the walkway to the left. The railing of the walkway was falling over probably from a lot of runoff from the winter snow. You can see the size of the tree.
And this is the view south towards Zion. The largest feature is the Temple Mount and you can see the Narrows to the left. At this point, these features are about 50 miles away. There was a cool sign showing the differant layers cooresponding to the Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon and Bryce/Cedar Breaks.

6 comments:

  1. I'm going to intro you to lightroom from Adobe, RichardM, it helps with pics, a lot....at least in my case! I don't blame you not wanting to go towards a fire, those can get nasty really fast.

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    1. I'm waiting for another vendor besides Adobe. Just about anyone except Adobe.

      I used Aperture until it was end of lifed and looking forward to a version from Affinity Photo.

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  2. Great pics Richard. Bummer that the fire cancelled the star gazing. Hopefully it will get put out quickly. Do they let them run their course out there, or do they actively fight them?

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    1. They actively fight the fires especially when it is close to town. In this case, Brian Head, a ski resort. Today's news said that they were hoping for 10% containment by tonight. The wind is not helping them at all.

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  3. Beautiful colors in those canyons. Agree with Brandy about the luck of the fire and stargazing being canceled. That would be spectacular in the heart of the desert. Another excuse to go again sometime.

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  4. Beautiful photos, but sad that the fire is still barely contained. We will definitively have to go back to see Cedar Breaks one day.

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